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8 Healthy Habits for Contact Lens Wearers

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To many people around the world, contact lenses are a convenient and affordable form of vision correction. However, they are a medical device and must be taken care of properly.

We’ve created an infographic below with our top eight habits that you should adopt to continue experiencing the many positive benefits of contacts. If you’d like to know a little more about each one, then scroll on down!

Healthy habits infographic

8 Healthy Habits for Contact Lens Wearers

  1. Sticking to the suggested wear schedule should ensure that your lenses stay comfortable throughout the day. Unless your optician says so, avoid naps and sleeping in them.
  2. You should only buy and wear what is stated on your prescription. If you’re interested in trying a new lens type, your optician is your best ally. The materials might be different to what you’re used to and could cause unwanted discomfort.
  3. Always wash your hands with soap and water before handling your lenses and be sure to dry them too – preferably with a lint free cloth. This will ensure that no fibres, bacteria or dirt ends up on the surface of them.
  4. Using the appropriate cleaning solution that your optician has recommended will not only ensure dirt and protein is washed away properly but so it will be comfortable for your eyes and not damage the lenses.
  5. Wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you’re glasses-free for life. It’s recommended to take breaks from lenses every now and then to keep your eyes healthy. Plus, it’s also worth keeping a pair of glasses handy in case you run out or get an unfortunate infection!
  6. Water and contacts aren’t the best of friends, and so you shouldn’t wear your lenses when swimming or showering. Thankfully, swimmers can buy prescription goggles that work like glasses and provide protection to your eyes.
  7. It can be easy to think regularly rinsing your lens case keeps it clean – but this isn’t true. You should always rinse it thoroughly with solution after each use, and leave it to air dry afterwards. Replace the case no less than once every three months.
  8. Always read the label! When cleaning and storing your lenses, only use fresh solution. Whilst the expiry date may be one or two years from now, the shelf-life is considerably less once opened.

Your eyes are precious, and you only get one pair. Always ensure that you take the right steps to keep them healthy and follow any advice given to you by your optician.